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Summary: THIRD IN AN ADVENT SERIES THAT DEALS WITH THE NAMES OF GOD IN ISAIAH.

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MIGHTY GOD

ISAIAH 9:1-7

INTRODUCTION:

FOR THOSE OF YOU LISTENING BY RADIO, OVER THE ADVENT SEASON WE’VE BEEN EXAMINING THE NAMES THE PROPHET ISAIAH GAVE TO THE MESSIAH HERE IN CHAPTER 9.

I’M HOPING YOU CAN SEE THE COMPLEXITY OF ISAIAH’S CHOICE OF TITLES HERE. IT WASN’T JUST RANDOM IN CHOICE, NOR IN ORDER. EACH OF THE TITLES THAT ISAIAH USES, FUSES ANOTHER PIECE OF THE PUZZLE THAT HE IS COMPLETING.

OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WE DETERMINED THAT ISAIAH WAS WELL WITHIN HIS RIGHTS TO CALL JESUS WONDERFUL AND COUNSELOR. BUT TO BE A WONDERFUL COUNSELOR WITHOUT THE POWER TO ACT ON HIS COUNSEL IS MEANINGLESS. POWER WITHOUT GOOD COUNSEL IS ABUSIVE. THIS BRINGS US TO ISAIAH’S THIRD TITLE, MIGHTY GOD.

ENGLISH DOESN’T HAVE THE FLAVOR THAT THE HEBREW LANGUAGE HAS WHEN SPEAKING ABOUT GOD. THERE ARE MANY WORDS IN HEBREW THAT ARE USED WHEN TALKING ABOUT GOD THAT IN ENGLISH WE JUST TRANSLATE GOD. EACH OF THESE HEBREW WORDS HOWEVER, GIVES US A CLEARER PICTURE OF WHO GOD IS.

A VERY COMMON WORD IN HEBREW TO TALK ABOUT GOD IS THE WORD “EL” IT IS A WORD THAT DENOTES POWER, OR POTENCY, THE FIRST CAUSE BY WHICH ALL THINGS HAS COME TO BE, AND BY WHICH THEY CONTINUE TO BE. IT IS USUALLY USED WITH OTHER WORDS TO DESCRIBE SOME CHARACTER OR ATTRIBUTE OF GOD.

NOW IN THIS PASSAGE “EL” IS USED IN CONNECTION WITH ANOTHER HEBREW WORD “SHADDAI”. “SHADDAI” MEANS MIGHTY. IT’S THE POWER THAT BREAKS FORTH, BREAKS THROUGH, AND CAUSES VICTORIES. “EL SHADDAI” IS THE OVERCOMER OF ALL THINGS.

AS WE ARE GROWING UP WE ALL WISH TO HAVE A HERO, A MENTOR, BY WHICH WE CAN STRIVE TO LIVE UP TO. THEY CAN BE VARIOUS PEOPLE, POSSIBLY IN SPORTS, POLITICS, MAYBE A GREAT HUMANITARIAN, OR WRITER. HEROS CAN ALSO COME FROM FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. THEY CAN BE IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND ARE NOT BOUND BY AGE RESTRICTIONS.

ONE THING ALL HEROS HAVE IN COMMON THOUGH, IS THAT THIS POSITION IS EARNED, IT IS NEVER INHERITIED. ANOTHER THING THEY SHARE IS THAT THEY ARE SEEN AS MIGHTY, POWERFUL PEOPLE BY THOSE WHO SEE THEM AS HEROS.

SO LETS PUT IT TO THE TEST AND SEE IF THE MESSIAH CAN BE THE HERO, THE MIGHTY GOD THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR.

I INTEND TO SHOW SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS THAT JESUS IS THE MIGHTY GOD.

POINT ONE: THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY

JESUS IS THE MIGHTY GOD BECAUSE HE FULFILLS THE PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE EVEN BEFORE HE WALKED JESUS FULFILLED OVER 12 PROPHECIES THAT WERE HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD.

PROFESSOR PETER W. STONER WROTE A BOOK ENTITLED “SCIENCE SPEAKS.” IN HIS BOOK HE STATES THAT THERE IS A 1 x 1017 POSSIBILITY OF FULFILLING 8 PROPHECIES FROM SCRIPTURE. THAT’S 1 WITH 17 ZEROS BEHIND IT. WE CA’T EVEN COUNT THAT HIGH, IT’S ONE GROUPIONG ABOVE A TRILLION, JUST TO FULFIL EIGHT PROPHECIES.

JESUS FULFILLED 10 PROPHECIES WHILE HE WAS STILL IN THE WOMB, WITH TWO MORE RELATED TO HIS BIRTH.

1. THE OFFSPRING OF A WOMAN – GEN. 3:15

2. FROM A VIRGIN - ISAIAH 7:4

3. THE SON OF GOD – PSALM 2:7

4. A DESCENDANT OF ABRAHAM – GEN. 22;18


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Greg Braly

commented on Dec 7, 2016

Hi, enjoyed reading the message. I think there was a typo, the Hebrew word is not shaddai but gibbor which matches your description of the meaning of the word. Thanks for your work on this message

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